NFL Power Rankings: Stock Up, Stock Down After Week 6

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 19, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons looks to the officials for a call against the Carolina Panthers at Georgia Dome on September 30, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The perception of NFL teams can change dramatically from one week to another.

Wins and losses tell a lot, but how each team performs says more about the prospects of future success.

Here are full power rankings of each team with a current stock compared to the previous week.


1. Atlanta Falcons

Stock: Up

The Falcons are now the only undefeated team in the NFL. While the last three games have been close, winning is most important and Atlanta continues to get it done.


2. Houston Texans

Stock: Hold

Losing one game is not the worst thing in the world, but the Packers certainly exposed a few weaknesses in the secondary.


3. New York Giants

Stock: Up

There might not have been a more impressive victory all season than the Giants 26-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers. 

They did not just beat one of the best teams in the league, they dominated it. New York took it to its opponent in the places it has been the most successful.

Alex Smith rarely turned over the ball but threw three interceptions against the Giants. Ahmad Bradshaw rushed for over 100 yards and a touchdown against the elite run defense.

With the win, the Giants proved that they are a real threat to repeat as Super Bowl champions.


4. San Francisco 49ers

Stock: Down

In the second half against the Seahawks, the 49ers returned to the hard-nosed running game and were much more successful. Look for this to continue as the season progresses.


5. Baltimore Ravens

Stock: Up

Although the Ravens have won four straight games, losing Ray Lewis and Lardarius Webb will hurt the defense. This week's game against the Texans will be a big test.


6. New England Patriots

Stock: Down

Few expected a 3-3 record to begin the year. Still, the talent is there and the young defense should improve by the end of the season.


7. Denver Broncos

Stock: Up

The Broncos have three losses already, but those were to the Falcons, Texans and Patriots, who are arguably three of the best teams in football.

Against the San Diego Chargers, Denver showed the resolve of a playoff team. Peyton Manning led the squad back from a 24-0 halftime deficit and had one of the most impressive performances in his Hall of Fame career.

The schedule starts to get easier for the Broncos starting this week against the 1-4 New Orleans Saints. They should use this stretch to improve their record and prove that they are one of the best teams in the NFL.


8. Chicago Bears

Stock: Up

The Bears are winning games. However, Jay Cutler is still not trustworthy in a close game.


9. Green Bay Packers

Stock: Up

Finally, the real Green Bay Packers showed up to play football. Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes against the Texans and it should boost the momentum of the offense, which has struggled this year.


10. Philadelphia Eagles

Stock: Down

All the talent in the world does not matter if you cannot hold onto the football. The Eagles are leading the NFC with 17 giveaways this year and it has cost them dearly.


11. Seattle Seahawks

Stock: Up

Even with the loss to the 49ers on Thursday Night Football, the Seahawks have still proved that they have a playoff-level team, especially after defeating the Patriots a week before.

Seattle is No. 3 in the NFL at 15.1 points allowed per game and is in the top 10 against both the pass and rush.

Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson still need to get on the same page with his receivers, but with Marshawn Lynch at running back and an elite defense, this team will go far. 


12. Minnesota Vikings

Stock: Hold

A road loss to the Washington Redskins kills momentum a little bit. However, Christian Ponder has been very impressive and this should definitely be a playoff team by the end of the year.


13. San Diego Chargers

Stock: Down

Losing after owning a 24-0 lead at the half has to hurt. It will be interesting to see how the team comes out after the bye as it tries to get the season back on track.


14. Arizona Cardinals

Stock: Down

This team was obviously not as good as the 4-0 record indicated, but losses to the St. Louis Rams and Buffalo Bills are inexcusable. 


15. Dallas Cowboys

Stock: Down

A two-point loss to the Ravens is nothing to be ashamed of, though the team should still have more than two wins at this point in the season. Three of the next four games are on the road, so Dallas is in danger of falling too far out of contention if it cannot turn things around.


16. Washington Redskins

Stock: Up

Robert Griffin III is really good. It is unknown how many wins the team will get this year, but there will be many ahead with this man at quarterback.


17. Miami Dolphins

Stock: Up

A great run defense and a solid run offense should overcome an inexperienced quarterback for the time being.


18. Pittsburgh Steelers

Stock: Down

Instead of looking like the "Steelers of old," this squad just looks old. If Troy Polamalu cannot stay healthy, this team is in trouble.


19. Detroit Lions

Stock: Hold

Even with Detroit's big comeback win over the Eagles last week, the Lions need to prove it can play well with consistency. Right now there are too many question marks.


20. Cincinnati Bengals

Stock: Down

The Bengals were a playoff team last year and looked to be on their way back after a 3-1 start. Unfortunately, two straight losses to the Miami Dolphins and Cleveland Browns have put a damper on those expectations.

Andy Dalton is still connecting with A.J. Green with regularity, but the rest of the team has struggled. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is only averaging 3.4 yards per carry and the defense has allowed too many yards and points.

With the Steelers, Broncos and Giants coming up on the schedule, Cincinnati can fall out of contention in a hurry.


21. St. Louis Rams

Stock: Down

The Rams are a good team at home and not as good on the road. Place your bets accordingly.


22. New York Jets

Stock: Up

Few teams can go from looking awful to great as quickly as the Jets. Mark Sanchez has not silenced the critics/Tim Tebow supporters, but he will remain the starter for at least a few more weeks.


23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Stock: Hold

Defeating the Chiefs does not prove much. Still, it is better than losing to the Chiefs.


24. Buffalo Bills

Stock: Up

The Bills are technically tied for first place in the AFC East. However, the defense allowed a combined 100 points in two games within the division. This team will drop in the standings soon.


25. Indianapolis Colts

Stock: Down

In four games prior to last week, Shonn Greene 123 yards and no touchdowns. Against the Colts, the New York Jets running back managed 161 yards and three touchdowns. That would be in the bad category.

The team is very young and was not expected to do much this year. Still, defeating the Packers raised the hopes around the fan base significantly.

Rookie quarterback Andrew Luck has shown signs of promise, but he is still too inconsistent in his first year to believe the Colts will be in contention. 


26. New Orleans Saints

Stock: Up

New Orleans finally got its first win of the season. Now the Saints have to build on that to remind people of the team that won 13 games last year.


27. Tennessee Titans

Stock: Hold

Defeating the Steelers was a positive first step towards relevance. However, the defense has still allowed 34 points per game this year, more than any other team in the league.


28. Carolina Panthers

Stock: Down

The Panthers have gone through a difficult stretch against the Falcons, Giants and Seahawks. This led to a three-game losing streak and questions about the franchise quarterback. Cam Newton better start winning games to end those questions.


29. Cleveland Browns

Stock: Up

There was no better time for the Browns to have its best performance of the year than against the rival Bengals. Playoffs are far out of sight with a rookie quarterback and running back, but any win should be cause for excitement.


30. Jacksonville Jaguars

Stock: Down

Things are going from bad to worse for the Jaguars. Hopefully, things will get better against the one-win Oakland Raiders next week. 


31. Oakland Raiders

Stock: Hold

Sure, the Raiders were unable to come away with a win against the Falcons. However, a three-point loss on the road against one of the best teams in the NFL is a great starting point. The team needs to get the run game going if it has any chance to winning games this year. 


32. Kansas City Chiefs

Stock: Down

No one has turned the ball over more than the Chiefs this season. Regardless of who plays quarterback, the problems begin and end with that statistic.